Wanderlust! Australia: our big beautiful backyard

With international and some domestic travel on hold during the pandemic, there’s never been a better time to explore the reaches of your own state with your nearest and dearest. Whether you are travelling with your grandchildren, children, parents or extended family, intergenerational travel is a bonding experience that can help you reconnect with your loved ones and make memories that will last a lifetime. \n\nHere, National Seniors Travel has put together a list of incredible, must-see Australian destinations for you to add to your bucket list or take family and friends to explore.

  • Spring 2020
  • Travel

Coral Bay and Exmouth, WA

WA’s Coral Coast offers some of the best snorkelling opportunities you can find, providing an incredible experience for all ages to glimpse sea life ranging from turtles to gorgeous tropical fish. Fringing Exmouth, you can access the beautiful Ningaloo Reef simply by stepping off the beach and into the sea. If you prefer to stay above water, you can see the coral gardens from a glass-bottom boat in Coral Bay. There’s so much to see and do in this region, with attractions including Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Cape Leveque and One Arm Point aquaculture hatchery.

Sydney, NSW

Explore sophisticated Sydney, home to a sparkling harbour, iconic landmarks and a buzzing dining and nightlife scene. Conquer the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb or tour historic Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the site of one of Australia’s biggest shipyards, operating between 1857 and 1991. Spend a day with the grandkids at Taronga Zoo or hit the sand and surf at stunning Manly Beach. There’s lots to discover outside the city, too—indulge in gourmet food and wine in the Hunter Valley a few hours north of the city or get back to nature in the region’s outer reaches, offering national attractions such as golden beaches and stunning coastline.

Kangaroo Island, SA

Hailed as one of Australia’s great natural wonders, Kangaroo Island is an unspoiled haven with incredible beaches, spectacular scenery and unique wildlife everywhere you look. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. Explore the reaches of Flinders Chase National Park and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, or book a tour of Seal Bay Conservation Park or Kelly Hill Conservation Park’s caves. The island’s seafront region boasts stylish and welcoming accommodation in the small, picturesque town of Penneshaw, which is a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal and swimming beach. Here, you can shop and explore the island’s many epicurean delights––a perfect activity for the foodies in your family!

Gold Coast, QLD

The Gold Coast is Australia’s ultimate adventure playground where there’s truly something to entertain every child and adult. Take the kids to Sea World for the day to experience the aquatic life or head to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for dingo encounters, free flight bird shows and feeding of the park’s massive saltwater croc.If a slower-paced experience is more your style, head to picturesque Mt Tamborine for a half-day tour and discover the untouched gem that is an amazing natural break from the Gold Coast’s beaches and city skyline. The region offers a huge amount of variety when it comes to nature experiences— explore the magnificent Mt Tamborine, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks, or soak up the sun at Surfers Paradise or the equally popular Coolangatta Beach. Of course, there’s plenty of fantastic dining experiences to keep you fuelled as well as retail havens such as Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre and Harbour Town.

Bruny Island, TAS

Bruny Island is an easy day trip from Hobart, showcasing the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, Truganini Lookout, South Bruny National Park as well as locally crafted products such as cheese, chocolate, honey, beer and whisky. Jump on a cruise and look out for seals, dolphins, sea eagles and maybe even a whale or two. Join a day tour and see Bruny Island in style, or consider an extended tour and take in attractions such as the Cape Bruny Lighthouse (the second oldest extant lighthouse in Australia), The Neck Lookout and picture-perfect Cloudy Bay. Offering a plethora of different landscapes to explore, the 12km return Cape Queen Elizabeth Trail is a fantastic walk.

Great Barrier Reef and Tropics, QLD

The Great Barrier Reef is the perfect playground for people of all ages and activity levels. Snorkel or dive to discover coral reefs, rainbow-hued fish and incredible shipwrecks bursting with aquatic life. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef is pristine Whitehaven Beach, named ‘number one beach in Australia' by TripAdvisor in 2013. There’s an abundance of coral gardens and marine life to discover, including fish, turtles, rays and reef sharks. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, why not spend a night sailing on the reef under a blanket of stars or take to the air on a scenic flight to see the iconic Heart Reef?

Disclaimer: We know these are tough times for many Australians and all of us need to act responsibly to stay safe and help beat COVID-19. We encourage you to be informed about travel restrictions in your state and comply with these accordingly. These travel articles provide useful information to assist you with your travel planning in the hope that restrictions will be eased in the future. National Seniors Travel is here to help you plan for that time and help you with your travel questions during these uncertain times.

Kakadu National Park, NT

There’s good reason why Kakadu ranks highly on many a travel wish list. Stay overnight in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and take in some of the once-in-alifetime experiences the region has to offer. Spot saltwater crocodiles as you cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong and East Alligator River, and view ancient Aboriginal rock art along the way. Spectacular photo ops await at Waterfall Creek Falls and Twin Falls, while at Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) you can experience dramatic scenery and learn more about Kakadu’s living Indigenous culture.

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This modern, serviced apartment/ hotel is located in the heart of Scarborough Beach. It’s centrally located and only a short drive from Perth CBD, Hillarys Boat Harbour and Fremantle. Enjoy cafés, shops, a children’s playground, and the local heated pool.

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National Seniors Member price from: $525 per family (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12years sharing a room with paying adults using existing bedding.)

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